Thursday, May 23, 2013

2013 San Diego Prep Football Season Preview: Bonita Vista

Bonita Vista Barons

Location: Chula Vista, CA
Founded: 1966
First Year of Football: 1967
School Colors: Navy & Gold
Division: II
League: Metro Mesa
Championships: League (6)
Head Coach: Chris Thompson (First Season)

2012 Recap: 2-9 (0-4 Metro Mesa, 5th)

A schedule packed with some of the best teams in the county resulted in a third straight losing season for the Barons.

Early Outlook

In his first season as Bonita Vista's head football coach, former Otay Ranch assistant Shawn Pomatto hopes to have the Barons competing at a high level.

"I am bringing energy and excitement to a program that has traditionally been very competitive,” Pomatto said. “I have secured many high quality coaches who will teach proper techniques and fundamentals which will allow our athletes to have success on the field.”

One of those coaches is offensive coordinator Chris Thompson.

Thompson had a successful career at Mira Mesa before moving on to Vista where he won the 2010 San Diego Section Division I championship against his former team. Last season he helped Poway post a 10-3 record and earn a trip to the San Diego Section Division II finals.

“He is a great communicator,” Pomatto said of Thompson. “Many of his athletes have gone on to play college football, and even a few have played in the NFL. He is by far the best hire I have made. “

Also on the agenda will be improving a defense that gave up a school record total of 430 points last season.

“Defensively, we are running a college/pro style scheme,” Pomatto said. “There are multiple coverage looks, with many little intricacies that will make us unique. It is a defense run by Southwestern College and their defensive coordinator Junior Monarrez.”

Over the past two seasons, Pomatto helped the Otay Ranch secondary lead the Metro Mesa League in statistical categories such as: passing yards allowed (865), completions allowed (59), passing percentage allowed (55), and interceptions (10).

If Pomatto and his staff can translate their success to Bonita Vista, the Barons could go from Metro Mesa League doormats to contenders within the next few years.

“Keep an eye out for us,” Pomatto said. “We’re in the midst of doing something really special down here.”

Update: According to U-T San Diego, Shawn Pomatto is no longer Bonita Vista's head coach. Offensive coordinator Chris Thompson will be promoted to the head coach position pending approval from the school board.
Impact Losses

WR/DB Atal Khaliq 6'2" 205lbs
RB Josh Santos 5'6" 180lbs
WR Caleb Su 5'5" 150lbs
QB Austin Kane 6'0" 170lbs
OL/DL Steven Green 6'0" 240lbs
ILB Luke Parra 5’8” 190lbs
MLB Moises Villalpando 5’10” 210lbs

Impact Returners

Senior OL Alex Olendorf 6’4” 275lbs
Senior DE Trevor Kemp 6’1” 215lbs
Senior WR Robert Garza 6’2” 190lbs
Junior DE Christian Melhorn 6’3” 235lbs
Junior MLB Angel Landavazo 5’10” 200lbs
Junior TE Alex Lopez 6’3” 195lbs
Junior RB Christian Gilstrap 5’10” 175lbs
Sophomore RB Chris Boguille 5’9” 170lbs

2013 Schedule

Friday, Aug. 30th vs. Montgomery
Friday, Sept. 6th vs. Lincoln
Friday, Sept. 13th at Mission Hills
Friday, Sept. 20th at Scripps Ranch
Friday, Sept. 27th at Madison
Friday, Oct. 4th at Mater Dei
Friday, Oct. 11th at Chula Vista
Friday, Oct. 18th vs. Otay Ranch
Friday, Oct. 25th vs. Eastlake
Friday, Nov. 8th at Olympian

Did you know?
Bonita Vista was named one of the top 1,500 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine.


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